2013 Convention Keynote Speaker Dan Livingston - Meet the attorney who successfully argued a landmark union victory case in Connecticut
Dan Livingston is an attorney who has been a labor and progressive activist in three states - New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A life-time member of the United Auto Workers Union, Dan is the product of the marriage of a Union President, and a Social Worker, who boasts of being on picket lines before he could walk. Dan worked for two years as a Union organizer before entering Yale Law School in 1979. He graduated in 1982, and has since been admitted to the Connecticut and Federal district court bars, as well as the to the bar of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Dan has been a member of the firm for over 30 years and has been a partner for over 28 years. He has extensive experience in labor and employment law including arbitrations, and litigation before the State Labor Relations Board, the National Labor Relations Board, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, the Connecticut Superior Court, the U.S. District Court, the Connecticut Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Dan also serves as chief negotiator in contract negotiations, and lead advocate in interest arbitrations, including the successful effort of State Employee Unions to secure health and pension benefits for domestic partners of the state's gay and lesbian employees. In 2002 and 2003, Dan served as the Chief Negotiator for the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC), as it fought to fend of then-Governor John Rowland’s decimation of public services and his layoff of nearly 3000 state workers. He continues to serve in that role, assisting Union leaders in forging agreements to protect public services and avoid layoffs with Governors Jodi Rell and Dannel Malloy.
Dan represents or works closely with a long list of labor and progressive organizations, including the UAW, SEBAC, the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges, the CWA, the IAM, UNITE-HERE, the SEIU, the Hartford Police Union, the CFSA, CWEALF, the CCAG, and Citizens for Economic Opportunity, and has represented hundreds of individuals in discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination cases against their employers. Dan also serves as the Chair of Connecticut Health and Research Trust, parent foundation of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.
Dan is a member of various professional associations, including the Labor and Employment Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Lawyer's Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO, and has been selected to be a James P. Cooper Fellow. He has spoken and written on employment and labor law topics at various professional seminars and is widely known as a leader on those matters. He has received numerous awards and honors for his legal work, as well as his service to the progressive movement
SEPT. 11, 2013 – PEF President Susan Kent, Secretary-Treasurer Carlos Garcia were joined by PEF staff member Sharon Edwards, who sang the National Anthem at the 12th anniversary 9/11 service by the PEF Monument in Latham. Kent told a crowd of more than 100 people, comprised of PEF staff, regional coordinators and council leaders, that the members who perished in the terrorist attacks always remain in our hearts. She credited the first responders, who only thought of helping others on that horrific day. Garcia read the names of the 34 PEF members who died in the attacks, and one member who died as a result of being exposed to the toxic dust
President Kent will testify before a joint state Assembly and Senate Standing Committee on the union’s concerns and solutions about the governor’s plans for the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
Monday’s hearing is the first of several scheduled for around the state. PEF testimony will be given at all of these hearings. The schedule is as follows:
September 9th: Farmingdale State College, Little Theatre, Roosevelt Hall, 2350 Broadhollow Rd,. Farmingdale NY – 2:00 PM
September 13th: Binghamton City Hall, City Council Chambers, 38 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY – 11:00 AM
September 17th: Ogdensburg City Hall, City Council Chambers, 330 Ford St,. Ogdensburg, NY – 10:00 AM
September 19th: Middletown City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 16 James St., Middletown, NY – 2:00 PM
The Kent/Garcia administration has announced a petition drive to show support for the continuation of state provided quality services in communities throughout New York State. The Save Our Services (S.O.S.) petition is being distributed at the NYS Fair in Syracuse and is available on the PEF website and through your Regional Coordinator. We are calling on all NYS legislators to sign on. Click here to sign onto the petition to support PEF’s priorities:
- Opposing reductions in vital state services to vulnerable New Yorkers in our communities
- Opposing privatization of state provided services as it lowers the quality of those services
- Opposing the reduction of qualified state staff who are professionally trained to provide services
- Ensuring the continuity of employment of PEF members with no geographic hardship
- Opposing loss of state-operated services, shifting the economic responsibility to already economically distressed communities throughout New York State
Click Here to download a copy of the petition.
Please return signed petitions to your Regional Office.
To take action to save vital health services and jobs in the Brooklyn community click here: http://savejobsatsunydownstate.org/